The year 2019 was, in a way, defined by food making the headlines. Fast food restaurants started hopping on the Beyond Meat and Impossible Burger bandwagon, while others proclaimed they had the best chicken sandwich. There was even news about growing meat in space.
Because of the government shutdown at the time, Trump decided to pay out of pocket for “great American food” that the President said included pizza, “300 hamburgers, many, many french fries — all of our favorite foods.”
“We have some very large people that like eating. So I think we’re going to have a little fun,” Trump said.
Tyson and KFC experiment with Beyond Meat
The company launched a line of chicken-free chicken nugget alternatives as well as burger patties made with a combination of beef and plants under the new brand “Raised & Rooted.”
Beyond Meat is responsible for the sudden surge in protein alternatives. Its stock skyrocketed in May during its initial public offering.
Impossible burger got so hot, there was a shortage
Interest in Impossible Burgers spiked among customers looking to eat healthier and reduce their impact on the environment.
“It’s driven new guests into the restaurant,” said Chris Finazzo, Burger King’s president for the Americas. He also noted that most of those customers either haven’t been to a Burger King in a long time or haven’t visited one at all. “We’re really excited to be able to attract that customer.”
Popeyes sandwich took over the summer and fall
The Popeyes chicken sandwich debuted over the summer and quickly became a necessity for fast food lovers.
Meat was grown in space
The initiative is part of the company’s goal to create slaughter-free eco-friendly meat.
Researchers take cells from a cow, give them nutrients and put them in an environment mimicking the inside of a cow’s body. The cells then multiply and grow connective muscle tissue until it becomes a steak.
“In space, we don’t have 10,000 or 15,000 liters (3962.58 gallons) of water available to produce one kilogram (2.205 pounds) of beef,” said Didier Toubia, CEO of Aleph Farms. “This joint experiment marks a significant first step toward achieving our vision to ensure food security for generations to come while preserving our natural resources.”
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